Our Junior Biathlon program runs as a fully integrated addition to our Junior Development Cross Country Programs. For athletes aged 13 to 19 who are interested in developing their full range of skiing and range/shooting skills, off-season training, and have a desire to compete at provincial or higher levels. A commitment to scheduled Team training in the summer and fall, range/shooting sessions in the fall, and to completing additional independent training at home and on the snow is expected. This program is suitable for athletes who are graduating from the Junior Biathlon level, or are accomplished athletes from other sports that are “newer” to XC skiing and/or Biathlon and are at comparable fitness and skill levels. Senior Biathlon athletes are in the “Training to Train” or “Learning to Compete” stages of growth and maturation. Levels of training for individual athletes will vary according to their individual goals.
***SLNC membership and a current season’s pass are required for participants in this program. All program participants MUST be registered members of Biathlon Canada/BC. This is not included in the program fee. Here is the link for more information about membership categories and registration with Biathlon BC: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=20944&lan=1&cartlevel=1
All of our youth programs are designed around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development principles and follow Cross Country Canada’s program guidelines. The JD (Junior Development) program is for athletes 13 to 19 years who are interested in developing their full range of skiing skills, off-season training and have a desire to compete at regional and provincial levels. A commitment to scheduled team training sessions in the summer and fall and additional, independent training at home and on the snow is expected.
This program is suitable for athletes who are graduating from the Track Attack program (or are at comparable fitness and skill levels) and are entering or about to enter the “Training to Train” stage of growth and maturation. JD athletes already enrolled in this program may remain in it throughout their Junior years. The JD program is also a potential entry point for accomplished 12-19 year old athletes from other sports that are “newer” to XC skiing.
Levels of training for individual athletes will vary according to their individual goals and other sports commitments. Goal setting and review meetings with a program coach will be held seasonally to assess progress and adjust training as necessary. Athletes will be provided a standardized year-round training program, weekly training plans and coaching support.
All of our youth programs are designed around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development principles and Cross Country Canada’s program guidelines. The Track Attack+ program is directed at advanced 9 year olds and skiers 10-12 years of age to continue developing their skills and fitness in a wide variety of sessions, special events and competitions. It follows the same schedule, skills and awards program as the basic Track Attack program but provides 1 (one) more session/wk and focusses a bit more on developing racing skills.
Track Attack athletes are in the “Learning to Train” stage of growth and maturation. Important gains in aerobic fitness, ski specific sport skills and social development can be made at this stage. These are the building blocks of the program. A high coach:athlete ratio and wide variety of activities creates a fun, dynamic team environment and instils a lifelong love of the sport.
The addition of Thursday evening sessions in the fall and winter provides further chance for keen skiers to let ‘er rip even more as they learn how to roller ski during the fall and apply those skills on the snow in the winter! Opportunities are regularly provided for TA athletes to step it up, as appropriate, alongside their buddies and older “JD” Teammates.
* “Inclusiveness” is a SLNC value and priority. Instruction for children with special needs is part of all Jackrabbit programs. Please contact Eric or SLNC staff to discuss any special needs that your child has so that we can schedule appropriate instruction.
All of our youth programs are designed around Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development principles and Cross Country Canada’s program guidelines. Jackrabbit sessions are created by grouping “like skilled” participants together. The objective of the program is for participants to learn basic cross-country ski skills, to instill a lifelong interest in the sport. Jackrabbits will ski in a group setting either once or twice a week for 14 weeks for a total of 14 or 28 sessions. Weekly dry land training is offered from October until ski sessions begin in late November/early December depending on snow.